sustainable European agriculture - SQM Specialty Plant Nutrition

Efficiency in water use

Optimal nutritional balance for high crop yields

Solutions of natural origin

lnternational technical expertise

Water use efficiency

SQM's specialty products contribute to a high efficiency in the use of water. A correct crop nutrition allows the plant to absorb nutrients in an adequate way and thus, to use a minimum amount of the water required. Our focus is to promote the development of a technified agriculture and our portfolio's main specialty products seek to deliver in every drop of water, all that is necessary to achieve a higher performance and a superior quality. In addition, our potassium nitrate-based products help to reduce salinity accumulation, which eliminates the need for additional irrigation to remove salts from the soil. We contribute to a sustainable agriculture over time, generating stronger and healthier crops that deliver maximum yields through a lower use of resources.

How Potassium Nitrate can improved water use efficiency?

Improves the plant's water management:

Nitrate-fed plants utilize water twice as efficient as ammonium-fed plants.

Prevents water loss:

Potassium is responsible for opening and closing of stomata. Adequate potassium supply optimizes plant transpiration and reduces its water requirement.

Increases water uptake efficiency:

Adequate potassium nutrition of the plant enhances its water sourcing efficiency from the soil.

Prevents undesirable salinization of the root zone:

Application of potassium nitrate as main K-source eliminates the need for additional irrigation to remove undesirable salts from the root zone.

Optimal nutritional balance for high crop yields

A good nutritional balance is essential for the optimal development of plants. The selection of the right source of nutrients and their application rate is very important, as well as the best place at the right time, which ultimately leads us to optimize nutrient management, improve crop yield and contribute to the preservation of the natural ecosystems. That is why, at SQM, we take great care to understand our customers' needs, developing nutritional programs adapted to their reality, which makes it possible to produce sustainable crops, increase efficiency and reduce nutrient losses in the soil with the lowest environmental impact.

Solutions of natural origin

SQM's products, being of natural origin, have unique characteristics that consistently contribute to protect the environment for future generations. The Atacama Desert has high solar radiation levels and high evaporation rates, which allows our productive process to be efficient in the concentration of nutrients throughout the year. The main product of the Special Plant Nutrition portfolio is potassium nitrate, which, besides contributing to higher crop yields, is produced with the industry's lowest carbon footprint. In addition, a produce, could reduce up to 26% the emission of C02 by replacing other sources of potassium and nitrogen with Potassium Nitrate in his nutritional plan. At SQM we are also committed to the efficient use of water resources in our productive processes. For us, it is fundamental to carry out our operations in a harmonious way, trying to keep under control the possible impacts for a more sustainable production.

lnternational technical expertise

We are agronomists at heart and for over 50 years we have developed unique products that generate lite through appropriate plant nutrition. We are strongly committed to the development of a solid agricultural future for Europe. We have a network of agronomic experts around the world, who are constantly investigating the particularities of each crop, accompanying the evolution of the markets with new technologies, formulas and applications. We will continue to carry out research and trials, seeking to continuously improve our product portfolio to meet the growing demand and requirements of the markets, always considering the importance of contributing to the sustainable growth of agriculture.